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Corticosteroids – Atherosclerosis

November 4, 2010
Heart Healthy Diet

Corticosteroids are often prescribed for knee osteoarthritis.  This article is one in a series about the common side effects of this medication.

Steroids can increase the rate at which your arteries harden (atherosclerosis).  This could increase your risk of heart disease.  This risk is probably more likely if you are taking corticosteroids for more than twelve months or if you are taking a large dose.

Make sure your blood pressure and cholesterol are checked regularly.  Follow a heart healthy lifestyle.



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